Termination of Parental Rights
Other than mistaken paternity, termination of a parent-child relationship means that your legal rights and access to your child are ended through the court system. Terminations rarely happen unless there is another person, such as a stepparent, ready to assume legal responsibility for the child. Terminating parental rights does not guarantee child support ends. Child support arrears are not affected by termination. Parents must consider the significant emotional impact that ending this relationship can have on the child.
Title IV-D refers to the section of the federal Social Security Act that covers rules and standards individual states are required to follow in setting up a child support process. In Texas, the Office of the Attorney General is the Title IV-D agency that manages child support for the state.